"The Midnight Special" brought the excitement of a live concert to television screens in the 1970s. The series was created by Burt Sugarman, who pitched the idea to NBC so that they could capitalize on the popularity of "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson." At the time, none of the three big networks had programming on the air after 1 a.m. The pilot for the show, which aired in August 1972, was designed to promote voting to young people as the upcoming presidential election would be the first after the voting age had been changed to 18. The series showcased most of the great music artists of the 1970s and was a pioneer of music on television that was not lip-synced. Wolfman Jack was the announcer along with various guest hosts that included John Denver and Helen Reddy. The series ran from 1973 until 1981 when MTV and the music video age would begin. We take a look at some of the amazing live performances that kept people up past midnight.